Have you ever forgotten or lost your phone and then felt absolutely lost without it? It’s unsetting to feel how addicted we are to these devices. Our phones allow us fast access to information and mobile connection to our jobs and loved ones. But physiologically they can have detrimental effects. Studies show increased use of electronic devices decrease focus and attention, over-stimulate the addiction centers in the brain, disrupt sleep and increase feelings of social isolation.
Acupuncturist, Kate Sydney will break down how this all works in your brain, your sleep and your life. She will offer insight into why digital discipline is so important and offer tips on how to manage your time online once and for all.
Another key component in digital minimalism is the toll our devices take on our attention and focus. Our focus is our superpower and often what allows us to be creative and thrive. When we give this power away to a device, we are left not only with less hours in the day, but a decrease in our ability to concentrate.
Yoga teacher, Emily Olson is passionate about establishing healthy daily habits and routines that yield a fulfilling life. She has been playing with creative vs. device time and loves to inspire people to consciously choose time spent with their phones - which she has failed at again and again, but keeps at it!
A great precursor to this class would be to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix, a powerful documentary on how technology influences our behaviors and impacts our life and our world.
Digital Detox Class
Thursday, October 15th 7:00-8:00pm
Email/text/call to register and we will send you a ZOOM link
Kate Sydney, ND/MSOM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, educator, and doctor of Naturopathic medicine. Kate has special interest in Chinese medicine including seasonal dietary therapy, circadian rhythm hygiene, sleep potions, hormonal balance, immunological vitality, digestive fire, pain softening, and mental and emotional ease. She treats imbalances using food, laughter, nutrition, homeopathy, western/eastern herbalism, hydrotherapy, and movement. She believes optimal health is fostered by the tiny little rituals we carve out time for and practice on a daily basis.
Emily Olson, E-RYT, PTA, is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher and Physical Therapist Assistant. In 2017 she opened Ripple Wellness with her husband Jeff, a multidisciplinary natural health clinic with a unique commitment to community outreach and education.
An inspired teacher and health educator, Emily has taught dozens of classes on health and wellness topics that include, radical self-care, gratitude, breathing techniques, mindfulness and meditation skills, stress relief practices and marketing for yoga and wellness. Her passion lies in igniting in people a drive and inspiration to prioritize self-care practices that foster a deep connection within so they can live their best possible life.
“The highest life you can live is that every single moment that unfolds in front of you is better off because it did.” Michael Singer
The state of our mind moment to moment determines the quality of our life and our happiness. Often we think if we can just get that one thing, we will finally be fulfilled. But research shows this is far from true. We live in what scientists call a hedonic cycle, whereby regardless of the joys or sorrows that come our way, we quickly return to our baseline of happiness. Our work then becomes to make that baseline one of contentment, joy and fulfillment.
When we convince ourselves that we need external conditions - partners, children, income, house - to change for us to be happy, we are setting ourselves up to live in a state of anxiety and discontent. Once our basic needs are met, it is up to each of us to find the joy within - it is 100% possible and presence is what gets us there.
Join us for our October Mindfulness & Meditation group with Emily Olson and Emily Penn to discuss how each of us can harness the power of presence in our life and create a shift that can last a lifetime. These Emily’s have spent decades committed to the work of using mindfulness, present moment awareness and introspection to create a life well lived and they are passionate about sharing what they find!
This group will include a discussion followed by a 20-minute guided meditation. New to meditation? This is a great place to start. Sitting with other people is a wonderful way to begin to meditate. We will provide meditation resources following the sit.
Text/email/call Ripple Wellness to register.
$5-$10 sliding scale donation - call payment into Ripple or pay in Venmo @ripplewellness
If you would like some inspiration before we meet check out the documentary, Happy available on Netflix and Amazon.
Emily Olson, E-RYT, PTA is a health educator, yoga therapist & teacher and Physical Therapist Assistant. In 2016, she opened Ripple Wellness with her husband, Jeff. A multi-disciplinary natural health clinic, Ripple offers acupuncture, massage, naturopathic medicine, nutrition and yoga with a unique commitment to community outreach and education. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ripplewellness